I sat watching flies. It later seemed obvious they were also observing me. Or, more to the point, my food and drink. Flies aren’t choosy.
If one has a thirsty and inquisitive mind there’s no limit to what one can learn. Nor from whence.
What held my attention was their singularity of purpose. The flowchart is simple: SEEK ANYTHING EDIBLE -> LAND -> PORK OUT UNTIL CHASED OFF OR DIE TRYING -> CIRCLE & REPEAT.
That’s it. It can’t be too complicated; flies don’t live very long.
“So, McFly, what’s your mission statement?”
“Uh, that would be ‘FLY-LAND-EAT-MAKE MORE FLIES’, Chet.”
Nothing distracts flies from that mission. Waving your hand to chase them off has less impact than trying to reason with a 3-year-old why they should share their toys.
Flies are tireless, singleminded in their pursuit of your sandwich or that last little smear of ketchup on your plate.
Take a lesson from flies.
They just don’t quit.
© D. Dean Boone, September 2016